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If your kitchen style can be described as "country" or "rustic," this simple decorating trick may be useful for you. Just pick up an old garden rake at thrift store or garden store—the metal kind with with curved, blunt tips—and hang it from your wall to hang your wine glasses from. It's not the most contemporary or modern look, but it's functional and can look good depending on the rake you're using. These old metal rakes aren't that easy to find, admittedly, but you should be able to pick one up at a secondhand store, and if not, you might even be able to score one new. A little scrubbing and a soak in water and you can make it look as distressed as the one above, or alternatively you can paint it to give it that coppery, rustic finish.
Potting benches are great to have for gardeners as they give you a place to pot new plants without having to worry about getting dirty, keep your tools handy, and give you a standing desk for your laptop during good weather. They can be expensive to buy but here's a plan that uses wooden pallets for most of the materials. Better Homes and Garden magazine's site provides the step-by-step photos and instructions at the source link below. The reason to use wooden pallets is that you can find free discarded shipping pallets from nearly any location in the United States.
We've seen countless upcycled and hacked together projects with wood shipping pallets over the years, and more often than not they're ugly, but totally useful. Pallets are great for the DIYer because they're cheap and easy to work with, but you do need to pay close attention to what you're grabbing. DIYers have made some great upcycled projects from pallets and they're always a popular resource on sites like Instructables . But the appeal isn't always obvious at a glance, so let's look at why pallets are great for DIYing, and take a look at how to pick out the right kind so you don't accidently bring hazards into your house.
With spring here for half of us, it's time to start thinking about planting a garden. It's never as easy as it sounds, but Sprout It is a webapp that guides you through the best time to plant those vegetables depending on where you are. To get started, just enter in your zip code and Sprout It gives you a list of common vegetables to plant. From there, it tells you the best time to sow the seeds, transplant them to your garden, and gives you an estimated harvest time. Once you pick your plants, Go Sprout guides you through the planting, care, and harvesting. It's not as extensive as other gardening apps we've seen , but it takes the headache out of the starting process.
November 3rd, 2009 This past spring Daniel and I went on a road trip from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon. Along the way we stopped at Chateau Julien for a wine tasting. I wanted to do something with the empty bottle instead of throwing it in the recycling bin.